131 Sullivan St
(between Prince St & Houston St)
New York, NY 10012
After a loooooooooong day yesterday, I met up with M.B. at about 10pm for a quick bite. I hadn’t had dinner but only wanted something light (busy days… they either make me ravenous or the opposite). She suggested The Dutch, a trendy modern American restaurant in the West Village that is particularly known for their late night dining. If you read their “about me” page and watch the video, you get the sense that this is a real food kind of place, a place that probably serves large portions and is about simple, good tasting food.
YUP, THAT’S THEM. SO, WHAT’S GOOD HERE ANYWAY?
We cook things that make us happy, like a seasonal green market salad; a deluxe steak with a tower of shellfish; tasty sandwiches; flavorful curry or chili; homey fried chicken and fresh pie or something altogether surprising and new. You should really check out the menus.
DO YOU BUY LOCAL?
MAKE YOUR OWN HOT SAUCE?
SOUNDS INTERESTING. WHAT DO YOU CALL THAT? IS IT DUTCH FOOD?
It’s American food.
See what I mean?
Well, I present to you my $17 Jersey Asparagus, Hen of the Woods, and Fried Egg dish. Not exactly what you’d expect from the description above. Based purely on how they present themselves, I would have expected an asparagus and bacon dish or something. Expectations and price aside, it was damn good. New Jersey is most commonly known for their great tomatoes but should also be known for their asparagus. The NYTimes has a great article about an asparagus farm in Jersey that grows flavorful healthy stalks. Did you know that Rutgers University is one of the few institutions in the US with a full-on asparagus-research staff? I didn’t. Hen of the Woods is a mushroom that provides both a meaty texture and flavor. Some claim that it has a lemon and chicken flavor… regardless, it not only is a good substitute for meat, it (naturally) also adds a fragrant shroomy taste at the same time.
M.B. ate already and so got dessert: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Honey Ice Cream ($10). I only had a bite but in that bite, I could taste the freshness of the strawberries and rhubarb. This was not a frozen fruit + artificial syrup on supermarket pie crust affair. Pie crust, as you can see, was very flaky and overall very thin, allowing the fruits to take main stage. I didn’t even realize there were pistachios and will have to ask M.B. to see if she liked the combination. After reading some reviews, it seems that even people who don’t like the main foods at The Dutch (most of whom find it overpriced and pretentious), love their pies. My favorite pie is Pearl Oyster Bar’s blueberry pie.* Well, now I have an alternative for when blueberries aren’t in season.
Also significant from my meal, is the complimentary corn bread you get at the beginning of your meal (see above). The cornbread was warm, moist, and barely had a hint of sweetness. The whipped butter was deliciously creamy.
*It should be back on their menus about now! Last time I went they said I had to wait until June.